Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

I'm still here!  Sorry, for being absent for a few weeks but it is that special time of year when we can finally be outside again and it feels great to be unplugged for a while.  I call it my 3G season - Garden, Golf and Grandchildren!

The garden is bursting with early spring blooms (and many weeds which need pulling) but my biggest planting chores are yet to come.  The containers and bedding plants will hopefully be planted in the next week or so, weather permitting.

At a recent sleepover at our home, we taught our grandsons how to play Crazy Eights and they each had a turn 'driving' the garden tractor with their Papa. We love spending time with those boys ♥

I'm excited to bring you this delicious rhubarb muffin recipe for those of you who are rhubarb lovers out there, as I am!  A few years ago I planted my little rhubarb patch and have never regretted that decision. 

This Rhubarb Streusel Muffin recipe combines brown sugar in the batter and also a little mixed with butter and cinnamon for a tasty streusel topping.  I've made this recipe twice in the past two weeks as they have made a rhubarb convert out of my husband. 

Happy May and Happy Mother's Day!

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Printable Recipe

Makes about 24, depending on how full the muffin cups are filled. 

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Streusel Toppping:

1 tablespoon melted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Spray 12 cup muffin pans with non stick baking spray (with flour added - such as Bakers Joy) or line with paper liners.

In a 3 cup bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and buttermilk with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix by hand just until blended. Stir in the rhubarb and chopped pecans.

In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until blended together.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling almost to the top, and then sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon or so of the streusel mixture. 

Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Date Pecan Brunch Cake

Are you ready for Easter?  It's a gorgeous weekend here and I hope you are having the same.

Here is a very simple and unique date nut cake that you can whip together in no time at all.  This cake makes a wonderful brunch cake or coffee/tea cake.  It doesn't need any embellishments whatsoever. 

You could dust it with powdered sugar but I chose not to so you could see the meringue-like topping to this cake.  The texture of this cake is so interesting and delicious! The recipe was found in one of my oldest cookbooks.  It's called, American Cooks by the General Federation of Women's Clubs and was recommended to me by a chef who married my college roommate.  I would venture to say that it's still one of the most valuable cookbooks in my collection!

You still have time to make this for brunch tomorrow!

I also have some flower ideas for your Easter buffet or table.  Take a shallow dish and put some water in it.  Add any flowers you like, trimming the stems as necessary, and cover with a pretty bowl or upside down vase. 

Use pretty wine glasses to display blooms.  Here is a glass I saved from my mother's home that brings back wonderful memories of her. 

Another favorite is to use egg cups as vases.  Easy to find at World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond or Target.  They make charming little floral displays.   

If you have some early spring blooms in your yard, this is a great way to use them!

Whatever your plans for tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Date and Pecan Brunch Cake

Printable Recipe

1 cup presifted flour (I used AP flour)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
16-24 ounces dates, pitted and chopped (I used 16 ounces)
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper or waxed paper.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the pecans and dates.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and vanilla until light yellow.

In large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites. Fold in the flour mixture and pour out into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Place wire rack upside down over pan and tip both over to remove cake).

Cut into squares and serve.